New comet pictures – UPDATED

johnboy 1 February 2007 31

[First filed: January 23, 2007 @ 23:25
Next filed: January 28, 2007 @ 23:15]

Whoops, my junk filter was being overzealous so I missed a pile, apologies to those who sent them in. So as a farewell the Comet McNaught here are those pictures.

This one is by James:

Burninator had an intriguing close-up:

and Red had a, well, a red one:

(older pictures follow)

Jr has two more!

And the other from Jr:

Some more pictures taken 23-JAN-07 from Higgins by John Kovacs from Candlelight Pictures.

[Last filed: January 22, 2007 @ 13:14]

Marty has sent in a picture of the comet from last night, much more impressive than last week!

Keep sending them in to (max 550 pixels to a side please)

And here’s Deano’s excellent efforts:

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31 Responses to New comet pictures – UPDATED
Manny Manny 11:08 am 02 Feb 07

How long is the comet in the skies, visible for?

Snoopy Snoopy 2:22 am 02 Feb 07

Nice pics! Canberra looks good with a halo. Or maybe I’ve just been away too long.

sb14 sb14 2:02 pm 01 Feb 07

Sensational photo James

terubo terubo 1:34 pm 01 Feb 07

A compendium of comets. Great pics all round. James gets my prize.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 1:25 pm 01 Feb 07

Is that red one sideways, Miss Jane?

jr jr 9:08 am 29 Jan 07


Wallaroo Road, Hall – f/3.5, 30.0s, 0ev, ISO800, 10mm

Mt. Ainslie, Canberra – f/5.6, 30.0s, 0ev, ISO400, 10mm

I’ll be using my remote to try some long exposure bulb photography next time I do night shots. I was next to a gent on Mt. Ainslie that was taking 360.0s exposures at f/8.0 onto Fuji Provia (Slides) at ISO100 – he claims he generally has good results from that too.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 8:56 am 29 Jan 07

Can I ask how long those exposures were jr? After some fiddling with my camera, I’ve unlocked a previously hidden “long shutter” mode that’ll let me go to a whopping (not) 15 seconds.

jr jr 11:41 pm 28 Jan 07


If you were up there with your dog I might have spoken to you tonight…

You are right about the light coming off the city – but it makes a far more interesting shot.

suzie suzie 10:14 pm 28 Jan 07

i can see it out there from the back porch right now. i earlier spent an hour waiting on mount ainslie for the sun to go down… soooo cold! the only advantage of going up ainslie was that the photographers told us what we were looking for. if you’re on any hill the light from canberra makes it harder to see

Snarky Snarky 10:57 am 24 Jan 07

JB – is it possible to get a preview for posts?

Snarky Snarky 10:56 am 24 Jan 07

Whups, that link should be Astronomical Society of South Australia, sorry.

Snarky Snarky 10:55 am 24 Jan 07

Soem info on McNaught from Astronomical Society of South Australia

* This is not an atmospheric phenomenon. It is a solar system body situated 135 to 150 million kms from the Earth this week and receding. The moon is 300,000kms away for comparison.

* The head is about 10-20 kms across (bigger than Mt Everest)

* The inner coma surrounding the head is over 4 times larger than Earth with the full coma size likely to be half as large as the Sun.

* The tail stretches 0.2 AU, or 30 million kms from the head out to space (assuming 15 degrees).

* Enormous tons of water vapour and dust are being emitted from the comet every second. The exact figure is not known.

* Comets developed in the outer solar system, are therefore icy, gassy, dusty objects.

* The comet will not collide with Earth. It was closest to Earth on Jan 15 at 122 million kms distant.

* The comet will not return.

Everest, eh? That’s one big-ass icecube.

Avy Avy 10:25 am 24 Jan 07

Cheers to deano for the directions – saw Mcnaught last night!!:)

Typsy McStaggers Typsy McStaggers 9:57 am 24 Jan 07

Siding spring with some sweet pics

seepi seepi 9:05 am 24 Jan 07

Yeah – clouds here too last night. But the night I saw it I didn’t have to go anywhere – it was clearly visible from the front yard, and it is unmissable – just like the photos.

terubo terubo 8:00 am 24 Jan 07

I trekked out to Stromlo, only to have my view obscured by pesky clouds. But I am prepared to believe this thing exists.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 3:35 am 24 Jan 07

Look South, then s-l-o-w-l-y turn East (about 30degrees) – if you miss it, KandyA’s Triffids have made you blind too 😉 Looks like a car with headlights on, angled akwardly on a cliff-edge…

Wow! I was impressed (but then, that is pretty easy). Much better than that Halley fiasco. Hey, nice pics from ya’ll!

Meconium Meconium 1:25 am 24 Jan 07


KandyA KandyA 10:28 am 23 Jan 07

I have been watching the comet for a few nights, does anyone know anything about these giant plants that have appeared in my garden fking up my vegies? please respond quickly, my vision is inexplicably fading and I cant make out the screen too much longer….

oh sorry have we already had the triffid jokes?

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 11:15 pm 22 Jan 07

Absolutely brilliant photos!!!!

The ones we took tonight were not as good, but my wife claims she’ll do all sorts of ‘stuff’ to the camera tomorrow to take better pics (Canon 350D) 🙂

She’s the one who’s the alleged photographer in this household!

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